Wind and water can cause soil erosion over time. This is a problem for property managers, farmers, and construction workers. Erosion is when rainwater or fast-moving water transport soil away over time.
It’s usually a long-term, natural process. However, on construction sites and for property owners, it presents short-term problems. Especially when runoff is deposited in water bodies or affects other properties nearby with site contaminants.
We have already discussed erosion control methods to keep soil and other debris off your property. Wind force and water runoff can cause soil to erode.
Erosion can cause foundation damage and contamination on properties and construction sites.
Therefore erosion control is so important in all environments, particularly properties built on slopes or hills. Neglecting erosion control can lead land disputes and pollution.
Erosion Control is an essential step for many local and state governments.Implementing tried-and-true erosion control techniques can help prevent sediment runoff at every stage of construction site development.
Minnesota requires that silt fencing be placed around any area where dirt could be seen.Silt fencing is installed to protect dirt from being displaced by water. Seeding areas that have been exposed to soil is another effective method of erosion control.
Clean Cut Outdoor is the best choice if erosion control is required at your job site.
The #1 cause of erosion is bare soils. Covering soil will stop dirt being washed away from your site. We can assist with all aspects of erosion control, including sowing seed and blowing straw.
After erosion, the next line is sediment control. To catch any debris washed off-site, straw rolls or silt fences are used. Clean Cut Outdoor can help you prevent soil from leaving your site.
Any job site must contain water runoff. To keep your project on schedule and within budget, it is important to follow all state and local regulations. Rip rap can be used at the ends to drainpipes and is an example of energy dissipation. This can help control water runoff.
Any measure taken to reduce or eliminate erosion, especially when it affects soil, is called erosion control. You may need to build physical barriers that protect water bodies or properties nearby. This may include strategically planting crops and bushes to absorb rain and wind.
The problem from an engineering perspective is twofold: how to prevent offsite sedimentation while construction is underway and how to stop it after the project is complete.
These are some of the most common items you might find during construction:
Upon completion of construction, you may see the following items:
Guidelines for Erosion Control
It is a good idea to consult your municipality about erosion control methods. Many municipalities have additional requirements than the federal EPA.
It doesn’t need to be expensive.It doesn’t have to be complicated. It is important to consider how to reduce soil runoff and disbursement in most cases.